More bad news for bees from neonicotinoid pesticides
It's more bad news for the bees. This week a team including Dr Nigel Raine, the Rebanks family chair in Pollinator Conservation at the University of Guelph, announced the latest news about the diverse and subtle impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on pollinating bees. The latest research suggests that these pesticides are having significant impact on how successful young queen bees are at starting new colonies.
- Research Paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution
This is troubling for many reasons. Scientists are terribly concerned about declines in natural pollinators, which are vital to our food system - they're responsible for perhaps a third of our food crops. But neonics are important too - and enormously popular with farmers. Since they were introduced in the 90s they've become the most widely used pesticides in the world.